poetry by j matthew waters

radio edit

I was in the garage fixing the radio
when charlie came in
cigarette and beer in hand
wearing wrangler blue jeans
and a sleeveless tee

what in the hell are you doing neighbor
he asked

I told him I was fixing the radio
(the one with the reddish-orange digital display
that usually hangs underneath the kitchen cabinet
the kind you have to use a pen or pencil
to advance the time of day)

he took a peek at me soldering the
red wire to the circuit board
was careful to blow his smoke
out toward the street

as I screwed the cover back on
he asked what in the hell I needed a
radio for this day and age
you know with the internet and pandora
or some such shit

to listen to the dead but of course
is how I answered
and I picked up my radio and excused myself

august two thousand thirteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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15 thoughts on “radio edit

  1. I never make poems out of such everyday vapor. Not like this…

  2. I still listen to a radio – and not for the dead!! Everyone should have a radio, they used to be practically pieces of furniture at one time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Oh my Gosh- I love this John – that line! – to listen to the dead… – astonishing and brilliant – K

  4. Radio has become a thing of the past. Nostalgic and lovely

  5. Thanks for the visit. As a writer of fiction with unusual endings I really enjoyed Radio Edit.

  6. Awesome finish here.

  7. Of course I listen to the radio.. every day and every evening. I have a radio in every room of my house… And all is set to list to Public talk radio. It makes me think.

  8. The ending was unexpected, John, but it made me smile and we still have radios. In fact, we have one in our kitchen. I listen to it all the time and also play cds in it. What’s wrong with still enjoying a piece of the past? ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoyed this one, too, John!
    Lauren ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I too am a big radio fan – I often wonder if the spirits continues to listen in ๐Ÿ˜€

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